Leap of Faith by Julia Regul Singh

9788129124807I received the book, Leap of Faith by Julia Regul Singh, as a review copy from Rupa Publications and would like to thank Richa for the same. It is the story of an Indo-German marriage.

The Blurb:

Beautiful and intelligent Christina von Hoisdorf is on a career high, she is the youngest tenured professor of Sociology at the New York University, with several books and guest lectureship offers under her belt. But little does she know that a chance encounter at a West Village café will turn her life upside-down, when she meets the dashing and handsome Andalip, an investment banker from New Delhi. Andalip offers to buy her a coffee and soon after that they fall in love.

As their relationship progresses towards marriage, Christina suddenly finds herself remapping her life, leaving New York to land in the hustle and bustle of India for an Indo-German wedding. But a series of cross-cultural misunderstandings are in the offing- from delayed flights and disastrous wedding invites to stolen wedding jewellery and Andalip’s grandmother’s ‘heart attack’- and the two find themselves struggling to maintain their relationship, as well as their own cultural identities. Will Andalip and Christina’s love survive? Or will Andalip’s grandmother’s firm belief- of never mixing cultures when it comes to choosing a spouse- ring true for them as well?

Funny, warm and especially relevant in today’s world of multicultural romances, Leap of Faith is a heart-warming testimony to the power of true love.

The story:

Christina von Hoisdorf, 35, a professor of Sociology at the New York University, is a German. She has an elder sister who lives close to her parents in Germany. Her new best friend, Purnima, P, is married to a banker from Delhi and has moved to NYC. Also a teacher, she is Christina’s constant relationship adviser who gives Christina an insight into an Indian marriage and an Indian family.

Andalip Singh, 40, an investment banker in New York, is the only son of his Indian Sikh parents. He has three married sisters all younger to him. His big joint family lives in Delhi.

Five years ago, Andalip met Christina in a café and after dating each other for three years, they decide to get married. Both families agree to a wedding in mid-November and Christina decides to keep her family out of the preparations as much as possible and Andy’s family is fully involved. Andy and Christina decide to move to Delhi before the wedding and stay there, and also that Andy would join his father in the business after a year or so.  So Christina goes home to her parents after packing her stuff up in New York, to spend a month with them before moving on to Delhi. And then starts the circus of the big fat Indian wedding.

My take:

The book had been divided into four parts mentioning the different phases, New York, Germany, when Christina lands in Delhi and after the wedding preparation starts in full swing. She has gone into the miniscule details of a big fat Indian wedding to write the book which gives an impression that she has an experience or an extensive research has gone into the book. The language is simple but the presentation is unique.

The book is more like a guide to an Indian Punjabi Wedding. If you want to enjoy the nitty-gritty’s of an Indian Punjabi wedding, it is the book for you.

Book Source: Publisher

Publisher: Rupa Publications

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